Derryogue host 600 and 640 event
Once again the visit to the Mourne Esplanade in Kilkeel and the wonderful sights of the Mournes beckoned as the local teams of Bancran, Leos Boys and Garvagh joined in with the hosts Derryogue and the Southern team from Gortlettragh in this now annual event. The weather had stayed good for the afternoon and after the weigh in at the local bowling club all of the teams mentioned above participated in the two weights.
First up was the 600 event where in the round robin, none of the teams gave very much away with mixed results for some except Derryogue who came out on top with full points. Gortlettragh ran in a close second with Bancran and Garvagh taking the third and fourth place.
One pulling four left Derryogue to face Garvagh whilst the second and third placed teams of Gortlettragh and Bancran were destined for the second semi final. Derryogue beat Garvagh by two straight ends whilst the team from Gortlettragh beat Bancran for the other place in the final.
Six minutes isn’t long between pulls and once again the Derryogue team took on Gortlettragh and much like the two ends in the round robin event, Derryogue stuck tight and hard at their task and took the first end in 3.13. The second end was a different affair and again like the round robin only lasted 32 seconds with Derryogue taking the Gold medals in the 600Kgs competition.
With a few changes to teams the teams came back to the field again and in the same format the top four teams after the round robin were Gortlettragh on full points closely followed by Bancran, Leos Boys and the ever improving young Garvagh team. Same format again and Gortlettragh were to meet Garvagh whilst Bancran and Leos Boys were destined for the second semi final. Gortlettragh and Bancran came through their respective semi finals and went forward to the gold medal pull off.
The ground was good and in the first end Gortlettragh took the initiative and beat Bancran for the first end. The teams changed around and this time the end went to Bancran in the same ground as the first pull. The coaches were called to the centre and for once the Bancran coach won the toss, deciding to stay in the same ground. Again a great tussle between tow well matched teams pulling very cleanly in every respect, but it was Gortlettragh that proved to be the better team on the day, beating Bancran by two pulls to one. Gold to Gortlettragh.
Following the competition, which had been watched by many of the previous generation of pullers from the mountains of Mourne and the local Derryogue team along with local visitors to the town, the Mayor of Newry and Mourne Ciouncil, Mr John McArdle made the presentations to the medal winners. The event was sponsored by Newry and Mourne Council as part of the Mourne Festival.
Following on from the competition, the ladies from the Derryogue Club laid on a wonderful tea in the bowling club. This gesture was very much appreciated by all those present. Well done to the Derryogue team.